Everton signed six new players over the summer, which included the marquee arrivals of Barcelona trio, Lucas Digne, Yerry Mina and Andre Gomes.
To add to that trio, Everton also signed Watford’s Brazilian prodigy, Richarlison in a deal that could potentially rise to £50 million. So far this year, The Toffees have had a fairly inconsistent start to the season and currently sit ninth in the table.
The Merseyside club has struggled at the back this season and have so far conceded 14 goals this season – the second highest in the top 10. With so many new players joining the club, however, it was always going to take time for the side to bed into Marco Silva’s style of play. He’s had to reshape a back four and try to put together a strong backline in front of England star, Jordan Pickford.
Everton signed Pickford for a then club-record fee of £30 million from Sunderland to make him the most expensive British goalkeeper of all time. Instantly he was inserted into the side and played 38 games in Everton’s fairly poor season and was voted Everton’s ‘Player of the Season’.
He went into the World Cup as England’s number one and during a campaign where England surprised everyone to reach the semi-final, Pickford shone and established himself as a future star.
Like most top-level goalkeepers, Pickford is a brilliant shot-stopper but crucially in modern football, he’s also able to play out from the back and is arguably one of the best in the league at starting a counter attack.
At the moment, he’s contracted at the club until 2024 and there’s no doubt that Everton will want to keep him for the long-term. What they have to do, however, is match Pickford’s ambition. At 24, he has a long career ahead of him but if Everton don’t push for the Champions League or win some silverware, there’s a strong chance that Pickford might consider moving away. If they don’t match his ambitions, they could well lose a future world-class star.